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Two Onlookers and Tragedy (With Mice)

Two Onlookers and Tragedy (With Mice)


John Baldessari

American, 1931 - 2020

Color and black-and-white photographs, oil tint
92 × 64 in. (233.7 × 162.6cm)
Gift of the Virginia and Bagley Wright Collection, in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Seattle Art Museum
Provenance: [Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, New York]; [Gagosian Gallery, New York, New York]; purchased from gallery by Virginia and Bagley Wright, Seattle, Washington, Feb. 15, 1990
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Stories: Narrative and Sequence, Mar. 23 - July 30, 1995.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, The Virginia and Bagley Wright Collection of Modern Art, Mar. 4 - May 5, 1999. Text by Trevor Fairbrother. No cat. no., p. 199, reproduced pp. 165, 173.

Tacoma, Washington, Tacoma Art Museum, The Secret Language of Animals, Jan. 23 - June 27, 2010.

Bellingham, Washington, Western Gallery, Western Washington University, Looking Back - Photography in the Seventies, Sept. 30 - Nov. 20, 2013.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, City of Tomorrow: Jinny Wright and the Art That Shaped a New Seattle, Oct. 23, 2020 - Jan. 18, 2021.
Published ReferencesDean, Robert and Patrick Pardo, ed. John Baldessari Catalogue Raisonné Volume Three: 1987-1993. New Haven : Yale University Press, 2015; p. 166, reproduced fig. 1989.13.

Graves, Jen. "The Great Wright Collection Comes to Seattle Art Museum (and the Marvelous Wright Exhibition Space Closes October 14)." The Stranger Slog, Oct. 6, 2014., reproduced.

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